Sunday, 21 January 2018

The 'BFG' Theme is Now Up for Viewing! (and Curt's 'Landsknecht Gun & Crew')


Hello Everyone!

The second Theme Round of Challenge VIII is now up for your viewing pleasure!

This fortnight's theme is 'BFG' and we have 41 participants who have submitted entries for your enjoyment. In the theme gallery you will see every assortment of gun, cannon artillery piece imaginable (along with one or two reimagining of the theme to keep us entertained). 

Please click here, or on the 'Bonus Theme' link in the navigation bar above to take in the efforts of the participants. Again, once you're there, please use the links on the right sidebar to navigate through the entries. As I mentioned before, there is a persistent glitch in Blogger in how it displays multiple entries over several pages on a single day, so use the links in the sidebar so you are sure to see everyone's entries.

Finally, remember to take time to vote for your favourite submissions. You can vote for as many as you like. The top three in votes will get additional points added on to their total for the round.
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For my entry to the theme, I've returned to my Italian Wars project to add some artillery support to the collection.



This is a German-crewed culverin (or bombard) mounted on a adjustable split-tail carriage. In modern terms this is not a particularly large gun, but to those living in the 16th century this would have been quite an impressive piece of artillery. (With it being near as much a danger to its crew as it would be to their intended targets.)



The figures are from Redoubt Enterprises and while they are a bit ill-formed and perhaps a tad lumpish, I find they have a certain charm and posses a wonderful dynamism, especially in how their various poses convey a sense of movement. These fellows really convey the idea of them frantically trying to realign their gun while in the midst of combat.



I tried to match the groundwork to the rest of my bases, which are all autumnal, so a wide assortment of brown foliage, late blooms and a generous carpet of fallen leaves are in appearance. If it weren't for the big freakin' gun and its boorish crew of beer-swilling Landsknechts, perhaps it would be a nice place for a quiet repast with a bottle of Chianti, a loaf of fresh bread and a plate of prosciutto. Ah, bellissimo!
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Now, please visit the theme gallery and enjoy the wonderful entries for 'BFG' and remember to vote for your favourite submissions (voting closes next Saturday at 11:45pm).

Enjoy!




Song: Closer to the Heart (1977)

Artist: Rush

35 comments:

  1. What a pretty bombard and crew :)

    Isn't it liver and fava beans you're meant to eat with Chianti? ;)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin.

      I know most of the livers from you lot would already be soaked in booze, so I'll pass thanks. :)

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  2. Very nice - you hide the lumpishness well!

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    1. Thank you. It's the slimming sports coat. Oh! you mean the miniatures... ;)

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  3. WOW Curt! A wonderful work, I love it. And such a great inspiration for basing my artillery pieces in the future

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  4. That’s a mighty fine big gun there Curt

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    1. Thanks Phil, it was a fun lump to work on.

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  5. Fantastic looking artillery piece Curt!! Redoubt are some of my favorite figures for the exact reason you mentioned which is they have so much character.

    Christopher

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    1. Yup! I have tons of their ECW figures (most still to do, of course) and I've always loved their animation and chunkiness. And thanks for the thumbs up, Chris!

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  6. Wonderful looking piece of ordnance Curt! Both your painting as well as your eye for a dramatic scene really shine in this entry but your basing is the real star here.

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    1. Thank you Nick, very kind of you.

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  7. Hmmm.... red and blue paintwork, split trail, dangerous to the crew. I'm sensing a theme here. Were you reading my mind, or was I reading yours I wonder? Regardless, very nice indeed mate!

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    1. Thank you Millsy. Good taste begets good taste, Old Boy. :)

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  8. Oh and while I'm here, are there really 20 participants this round or was 'xx' a placeholder? :-)

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    1. ...but thanks for pointing it out - I was just flying from page to page to spreadsheet this afternoon and missed it in the chaos.

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  9. Very nice bit of Renaissance work there Curt, basing and figs very evocative of the chaos of the battlefield!

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    1. Thanks Ev, it was conveying that chaos that attracted me to the set.

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  10. Lovely renaissance artillery, basing is fab too of course, I haven't got any redoubt in my Italian wars artillery park, I might have to add some!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain. They are a little hit and miss but there are a few gems in there.

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  11. Love the blue and red carriage paint and that basing is absolutely superb - I could absolutely enjoy a glass of something in surroundings such as that!

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    1. Thanks Jamie. There were more than a few glasses consumed while painting this lot. :)

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  12. Great work here Curt, I especially like all the leaves and ground work on the base. It looks very realistic! I still think your mad with all the guys in this project being painted differently, but maybe that's why we get along?

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    1. Thanks Byron. They had no uniforms during this period so you sort of have to make them all different.

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  13. Great work Dude - the piece is lovely, but the metal work on the barrel really stood out for me - fine stuff man!

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  14. Sweet ... very nicely done MrC

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  15. Lovely looking gun Curt - the poses on the crew struggling to get the beast in place are very good. I have picked up some Redoubt figures but found them way over scaled for other manufactures I was using at the time. Painting and basing are of course OTT.

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    1. Thanks very much Peter. They are big, but I find it really doesn't matter as long as you don't mix them with other ranges within the unit. A gun base is perfect for playing with other ranges whose sizes may not be totally in simpatico.

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